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I FOLLOW JESUS
Have you ever wondered why Jesus consistently used the words, “Follow Me” when He met new people? Rarely do you hear Jesus say, “Be holy or you will not enter heaven?” There are some exceptions; with Nicodemus Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit” (John 3:5, NIV). Jesus used this line on Nicodemus because he was teacher of the Law of Moses and should have knowledge of it. Whereas, for those who were sinners and didn’t know God, Jesus simply said, “Follow Me.” Why? Because the phrase “Follow Me” is an invitation to a relationship. Jesus didn’t expect people who were sinners and who didn’t know God personally, to know and understand what it meant to be holy or to behave righteously.
"...the phrase “Follow Me” is an invitation to a relationship..."
Jesus isn’t like a teacher or professor who teaches in class only. Jesus is a hands-on, in-life teacher. He isn’t a theoretical teacher; He is a practical modeler of what He taught. Luke, the author of the Book of Acts, wrote Jesus is a person who “did and taught until the day He was taken up to heaven” (Acts 1:1-2, NIV, emphasis mine). Because of this, Jesus’ approach was if people were willing to enter into a relationship with Him by following Him, they will eventually get to see, hear, and experience what it meant to live a godly life. Not only that, they will eventually experience Jesus’ love and power in such a personal way that it will change them.
Lastly, when Jesus says, “Follow Me,” He doesn’t expect people to change overnight (like many of our parents or teachers expect). The “Follow Me” approach of Jesus means, if you are willing to follow Him one step at a time, you will be changed one step at a time as you see, hear, and experience Jesus. It is a journey that leads to life changes.
This year, I invite you to take the “I Follow Jesus" journey with us to hear, see, and experience Jesus!
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Written by Rev. Chong Lee Yang (Kx. Ntxoov Lis Yaj)